12 Calgary acts worth a listen — before everyone jumps on the band wagon
Calgary musicians can rock, rap and croon with the best of them
This story was originally published Dec. 12.
Canada's National Music Centre, set to open in Calgary at the end of March, is expected to shine a light on the city's musicians. A city's music scene is part of its soul — how it expresses itself, and shapes its unique cultural identity. In no particular order, here are a dozen acts with a Calgary connection that are well worth listening to before everyone else does:
Calgary indie rocker has been shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize not once but twice.
Five-piece alternative rock outfit signed to Toronto's Arts & Crafts label.
Fuzz bass duo fronted by the prolific Dan Vacon of The Dudes.
A talented singer-songwriter with bite.
Currently based in Toronto, the pop singer was born and raised in Calgary.
Armed with an unforgettable voice, Alice was the face of a recent tourism Calgary video.
A terrific rock band with swagger to spare.
8) Tim Hus
Calgary-based country singer opened for Stompin' Tom on a cross-Canada tour.
The name really says it all.
Silky smooth Calgary MC.
11) Rae Spoon
Transgendered musician that walks the line between pop and country.
12) Viet Cong
Local post-punk outfit that ran into some trouble over their controversial name.
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